The San Diego Opera’s publicity poster for the “Pirates of Penzance.”

Gilbert and Sullivan‘s comic classic “The Pirates of Penzance” will kick off the San Diego Opera‘s six-show 2017-18 season, the opera announced Sunday.

The coming-of-age story about a duty-bound pirate will open Oct. 14 at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Performances are also scheduled for Oct. 17, 20 and 22.

“As One,” about transgender identity, will follow beginning Nov. 10. Shows in the 2018 portion of the schedule will include “Maria de Buenos Aires” in January, “Turandot” in February, “Florencia en el Amazonas” in March, and Rene Barbera and Lise Lindstrom performing with the San Diego Symphony in May.

“This is the first season I’ve planned in its entirety as general director of San Diego Opera,” said David Bennett. “And in doing so, I believe I’ve programmed a season that builds on the company’s traditions and embarks on a new chapter of discovery with exciting and relevant works.”

The opera said tenor Carl Tanner, soprano Angel Joy Blue, bass Brian Kontes, soprano Elaine Alvarez, mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock and mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala will all make their San Diego debuts during the season.

“The Pirates of Penzance,” “Turandot” and “Florencia en el Amazonas” will all be main stage shows at the Civic Theatre.

“As One” will take place at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. “Maria de Buenos Aires” will be staged at the Lyceum Theatre, while Barbera and Lindstrom will perform at the Balboa Theatre.

Season subscriptions begin at $189. Main stage show season subscriptions start at $114, while programs on other stages will cost $75. Sales to individual shows will begin this summer.

Ticket information is at

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.